Banana & pecan loaf

Banana & pecan loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8-10 slices

This tea-time favourite is moist, sweet, nutty and comforting - it's bound to be a hit with friends and family

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
608
protein
8g
carbs
56g
fat
41g
saturates
19g
fibre
2g
sugar
42g
salt
0.74g

Ingredients

For the loaf cake base

  • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 small, very ripe bananas
  • 50g pecans, chopped, plus extra

For the icing

  • 85g softened butter
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with a long strip of baking parchment. To make the loaf cake batter, beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the bananas in a few chunks and beat in with the eggs, flour, almonds, baking powder and milk until smooth – the whisk will mash the bananas. Stir in the pecans, then scrape into the tin. Bake for 45-50 mins until golden, risen and a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then lift out.
  2. Beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Spread on top of the cooled cake and scatter with more chopped pecans

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010

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nordicinkent's picture
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For someone who's not a confident baker, this is dead easy to make. I've used the batter to make muffins too, delicious. It's a regular bake for me now too. Oh and yes it needs to be in the oven bit longer than stated above.

jasminetea's picture

I baked this cake yesterday and have exactly the same condition with the comment from Nell, please tell what's goes wrong? tq.

ruthie-mck's picture

This is now a regular bake for me. great for using up banana's dead easy to make.

juderussell's picture
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Forgot to say - took almost 1 hour in a gas oven. I made this at the same time as the Double Chocolate Loaf Cake as both have the same method and same baking time.

juderussell's picture
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Made this today for an afternoon tea party with friends. Lovely moist cake - was a real hit & very easy to make!

juderussell's picture
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Made this today for an afternoon tea party with friends. Lovely moist cake - was a real hit & very easy to make!

littlelouise's picture
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Absolutely lovely but as with the others I found it needed longer to cook. Probably a good 15-20 mins more. YUM!

espargal's picture
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Sorry forgot to rate it!

espargal's picture
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I have made this recipe twice and it is delicious but both times it took 15 minutes longer to cook than in the recipe, so be sure to test it at the end of the baking time. Well worth making everybody loved it.

4daughters's picture

I have just baked the banana and pecan loaf and found that it took about 30 mins extra to cook. Whilst it is cooling it is sinking fast. Smells delicious and I am sure that it will be enjoyable to eat but it will not do for the charity cake sale. What did I do wrong?

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